• 35mm 855.6mm2
  • 24.3 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 25,600
  • APS-C 337.5mm2
  • 24.2 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 16,000

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Differences

Sony A7 II advantages over Canon 80D

  • Focus peaking
    Peaker vs Non-peaker
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Larger sensor
    35mm vs APS-C
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Yes vs No
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 5.97 vs 3.75 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • In-camera panoramas
    Yes vs No
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Higher effective ISO
    2,449 vs 1,135 iso
    Take photos in low light with less noise
  • Thinner
    59 mm vs 78 mm
    Thinner
  • Lighter weight
    930g vs 1270g
    Lighter weight
  • More viewfinder magnification
    0.71x vs 0.59x
    Get a bigger view of the scene through the eye-level viewfinder
  • Higher extended ISO
    51200 vs 25600 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Canon 80D advantages over Sony A7 II

  • Lens selection
    Excellent vs Good
    Better lens selection gives you more options
  • Less expensive
    $1149 vs $1598
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Tilt-swivel vs tilt-only
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Touchscreen
    Touch vs No touch
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • Fast startup
    ~0.50 vs 1.7 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 960 vs 350 shots
    Capture more photos
  • More telephoto lens reach
    216 mm vs 70 mm
    Capture objects farther away with the kit lens
  • Internal flash
    Internal flash vs None
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Top deck display
    Yes vs No
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • Less shutter lag
    0.08 vs 0.22 sec
    Focus and take a photo quickly (wide angle)
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    6.8 fps vs 5.0 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Faster RAW shooting
    6.7 fps vs 5.0 fps
    Faster RAW shooting in burst mode

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Both provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Both provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • NFC
    Both provide
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Both provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • External Mic Jack
    Both provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video
  • Hot shoe
    Both provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Headphone jack
    Both provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Bulb shutter
    Both provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures

Common Weaknesses

  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • Dual card slots
    Neither provide
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Slow-motion videos
    Neither provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

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Review Excerpt

  • Excellent 5-axis sensor-shift image stabilization; Sensor-shift IS brings stabilization to nearly any lens; Much-improved ergonomics and top-deck control layout; 'Mark II' maintains same impressive image quality, dynamic range and high ISO performance; XAVC S 50Mbps video format; Faster start-up time; Hybrid AF performs well with good continuous AF.

  • (Similar to A7): Loud shutter (but electronic first-curtain helps); Battery life could be better; Low-light AF still not as good as most DSLRs; High ISO JPEGs look over-processed; Slow buffer clearing; Limited selection of native Sony FE lenses (but it's getting better).

  • Very good image quality; Better RAW high ISO performance than predecessor; Improved buffer depth; Very fast AF; Dual Pixel CMOS AF is excellent; f/8 AF support; 1080/60p video; Headphone jack; Very good battery life.

  • New kit lens isn't very sharp; No 4K video; No clean HDMI out; 29:59 minute video recording limit; Phase detect AF not as sensitive in low-light as expected (Dual Pixel AF is better in low-light).

The Competition

Compared to Sony A7

Sony A7 II
Sony A7
  • $1398
  • 35mm
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $748
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
Canon 80D
Sony A7
  • $1142
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Lens selection
  • $748
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Focus peaking

Compared to Sony A77 II

Sony A7 II
Sony A77 II
  • $1398
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $1198
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Fast startup
Canon 80D
Sony A77 II
  • $1142
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive
  • $1198
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization

Compared to Nikon D7200

Sony A7 II
Nikon D7200
  • $1398
  • 35mm
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $1097
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive
Canon 80D
Nikon D7200
  • $1142
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Touchscreen
  • $1097
  • APS-C
  • Higher effective ISO
  • More dynamic range

Compared to Leica SL (Typ 601)

Sony A7 II
Leica SL (Typ 601)
  • $1398
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $3999
  • 35mm
  • Shoot 4K video
  • Touchscreen
Canon 80D
Leica SL (Typ 601)
  • $1142
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $3999
  • 35mm
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor

Compared to Sony A7 III

Sony A7 II
Sony A7 III
  • $1398
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $1998
  • 35mm
  • Shoot 4K video
  • Touchscreen
Canon 80D
Sony A7 III
  • $1142
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive
  • $1998
  • 35mm
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
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